The Department of Epidemiology, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, studies the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans, a fundamental science of public health. In addition to pursuing ground-breaking global research initiatives, we educate and prepare future medical leaders and practitioners as part of our mission to ignite positive changes in the quality of health across the world.
Dr. Michael Mina, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD), is seeking a highly motivated and reliable individual to join his research team as a Research Assistant. Dr. Mina’s research combines mathematical and epidemiological models with high-throughput serological laboratory investigations, including development of new technologies and statistical pipelines to better understand the population and immunological consequences and patterns of underlying infectious diseases.
The Harvard – Octapharma Donor Surveillance research project is focused on combining cutting edge quantitative serology with aliquots of plasma from donors across the country to identify the presence of antibodies to multiple pathogens and develop a real-time surveillance network for infectious diseases.
Working under close supervision of Dr. Mina’s Research Associate and Lab Manager, the Research Assistant will be responsible for carrying out a variety of routine experiments. This includes performing serological assays such as ELISA and Luminex, as well as buffer and microbiological media preparations. The successful applicant will accurately maintain laboratory notebooks and keep good records along with following various laboratory protocols and SOPs. Must have high attention to detail and be able to communicate effectively. Candidate must be comfortable working with human blood products donated by healthy individuals. Training will be provided.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Perform repetitive laboratory techniques including, but not limited to, ELISA and Luminex assays accurately and reproducibly
- Prepare reagents, media and solutions
- Use robotic liquid handling platforms and implement their use to aid assay performance
- Maintain laboratory equipment
- Support day-to-day operations of the laboratory including keeping laboratory inventory current, maintain laboratory safety protocols, develop standard operating procedures and manage laboratory databases
- Comply with biohazard safety standards through proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agent sources in the workplace
- Complete annual biohazard/universal precaution safety training, as appropriate
- Participate in group and lab meetings and generate ideas for improving efficiency and productivity in the lab’s operations
- Communicate effectively with others within and across functions, discuss progress, and share data with supervisors
- Help build and promote a positive culture and working environment
- Operate requisite laboratory equipment, instruments, and robotics to perform repetitive laboratory techniques
- Occasionally transport and organize deliveries for the lab
- Other related duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from date of hire with the possibility of extension based on continued funding availability.
PLEASE NOTE: Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
PLEASE NOTEL Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Boston) onboarding and lab work. The majority of the work, though, is expected to take place in person – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols. During this time, the shifts are also likely to be irregular (potentially including weekends and off-hours) and may therefore require schedule flexibility.
- 1+ year of related experience is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
- Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, virology, immunology, or biological/physical science
- Associates degree with two years laboratory experience will be considered
- Experience with immunological assays such as ELISA, ELISpot, multiplexed assays (Luminex or FACS-based bead arrays or protein microarrays)
- Strong computer skills including experience with PowerPoint and Excel
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy
- Excellent time management skills and reliability
- Experience working independently and as a team
- Experience working well with multidisciplinary group of scientists and individuals from various backgrounds in a dynamic team environment
- Experience and/or willingness to work with human samples is a must
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
- Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
- Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
- Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
- Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee’s start date.
- Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
- Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
- Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events — and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
- The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
- Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
- This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage.